If you ask me what’s the hardest thing to decide to study or living abroad was leaving my dad and my cat behind me. Until that time we had never been apart from each other. I think, especially after a certain age It’s getting hard. I was lucky cause’ my sister got married, found a job, and moved to New York too so I wouldn’t feel alone or incomplete.

Firstly, I found a company to receive consultancy services. The company that name is ‘Kep Yurtdışı Eğitim Danışmanlığı’ my friend recommended was so good. I was so lucky because they helped me a lot! They did everything for me. As you guess, I was so stressed and frightened. The situation that I was in made me confused. I didn’t know how to manage my documents or other things. I highly recommended that company if you’re thinking to go abroad and currently living in Turkey. Moreover, If you’ve got trouble doing something under stress like me It was nice to give control to someone who you trust. Pelin is the owner of a consultancy agency. She is so friendly and kind. We had many many conversations to find the best course to fit me. Finally, we choose St. Giles International Language School.

I went to New York two or three weeks after decided to school. I stayed at my sister’s house for the first two weeks and in the meantime, she was searching a room from some rent websites and found me the best room in terms of location and homeowner. It was just one street away from my sister’s house.

I shared one flat with my three roommates. It was the cleanest house that I’ve ever seen in Nyc as a rental house thanks to my homeowner. She is from the same country as me so when we saw each other always had a nice conversation about Nyc, Istanbul or the same things that we experienced in Nyc. Sometimes her mom gave me yummy Turkish food such as içli köfte (kibbeh), börek, kısır salatası, etc. Also, I had great roommates too. When we met in the kitchen we had great chat.

From my home owner’s mom’s delicious içli köfte/kibbeh

One week a month, one person in that flat had to clean all the flat including the kitchen, toilet, and hallway (I guess it makes sense why it was the cleanest house lol). Also throwing the trash too. It was a little tough to remember which product going to which bin for me. Cause’ in my country, unfortunately, we don’t have different bins to waste at our home.

But in every way, it was a very useful experience to improve my self-improvement. I’ve learned to live alone, sharing my places with others, taking responsibility, trusting people, dealing with problems by myself. And in two months I almost got used to everything I mean the New York City lifestyle as a new New Yorker. Nothing surprised me anymore haha.

First night at home

I miss this day. One and almost half year, I spent my most time in a tiny room. I had four or five plates, three pots, two glasses, don’t have any washer at home had to go to laundry but what I’ve learned is content with less. I don’t need to have tons of objects to feel happy or complete. I understood less is more. Also while observing having different backgrounds in people’s life, I asked myself what is life quality? Having luxury things or having inner peace. Which one gives me that? And that was the most important lesson for me for the rest of my life.

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